The year 2016 saw Dorval-Strathmore United Church celebrating its 100th anniversary! We are an amalgamation of Dorval United and Strathmore United, but we are celebrating our centennial as a faith community in Dorval through Strathmore’s history. In the summer of 1915, a group of Methodists, Presbyterians, Anglicans, Baptists, and others began meeting for worship in a local boathouse. As the weather grew colder, they met in people’s homes. In October of 1916 they formally became Strathmore Union Church and began construction of a new building on Lake Avenue (now a bookstore). They became part of the new United Church of Canada in 1925. The congregation grew, and construction of our current church building began in the mid-1950s, with the first service here held on Easter Sunday, 1956.
A lot has changed in 100 years, but Dorval-Strathmore continues to live the good news in this community. We are a welcoming and inclusive faith family, grateful for the opportunity to serve this neighbourhood. Our on-going ministry includes work with local organizations like Dorval Community Aid and the West Island Citizen’s Advocacy apartment program. As well, many different groups call DSUC home: Seven Guiding and Scouting groups, three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, the Tora Karate school, the Lakeshore Chess Club, the Coro Vivo Montreal choir, and the West Island Chinese Alliance Church.
Watch for the upcoming opening of our centennial meditation garden and labyrinth in summer 2017.